I have a hard time parting with stuff. Useable stuff that is. I have clothing that is tattered and worn but I keep it to wear when I work on messy projects. I use pencils until they are too short to hold on to, still I keep them “just in case”. I have a pair of kitchen tongs that still work IF you align them up correctly & hold what remains of the rusted out hinge pin in place. I put kitchen tongs on my “keep an eye out for” list. I use this list when I’m shopping. Since putting the tongs on the list I’ve come across a few pairs while thrifting. Each was overpriced or in almost as bad a shape as the ones I want to replace.
Saturday I delivered a wedding cake to 415 Westlake, an ‘urban chic’ venue in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Right next door to the reception hall was a Goodwill. It was my last delivery for the day so I decided to do a little shopping. I was warmly greeted as I walked into the smallest second hand store I’ve ever encountered. I was told that this is a ’boutique’ Goodwill mostly featuring “better clothing” I’m not in the market for clothes right now but I looked at the summer tops that were manager’s special 20% off. Two tops that appealed to me were each $14.99. Even with 20% off that’s more than I’m willing to pay (unless I had a particular need, as opposed to just picking something up because it is a good deal). Although the store didn’t have much in the way of house wares I did find a really nice pair of tongs for 69¢. (Macy’s sells them for $10.)
Heavy stainless steal, apparently unused, Kitchenaid® and they have a nice locking feature so they stay closed in the drawer.
Now here’s my dilemma. I have a nice new pair of tongs but I still want to keep the one that are next to useless, “just in case”.
My garbage can is most often only half full on collection day (once a month) It won’t really hurt to add these tongs to the landfill will it?
Maybe they will be handy to have for some craft project or something.
Is it frugality gone awry? Is it fear of deprivation? Am I a horder?
Do you have a hard time throwing stuff away, even when it is time to do so?
Should I keep the rusty hinge pined tongs?(see inset in picture above) Or send them to the land fill on October 1st?